Capital Punishment

Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs written question – answered on 5th March 2007.

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Photo of Alistair Carmichael Alistair Carmichael Shadow Secretary of State for Transport, Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Transport)

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps her Department is taking to support attempts at an EU level to press for a global moratorium on the use of capital punishment.

Photo of Ian McCartney Ian McCartney Minister of State (Trade & Investment), Department of Trade and Industry, Minister of State (Trade & Investment), Foreign & Commonwealth Office

We oppose the death penalty in all circumstances as a matter of principle and are working with our EU partners towards universal abolition. This includes consideration of a death penalty initiative in the UN General Assembly. It has proven difficult in the past to secure a UN resolution calling for a global moratorium on the death penalty and it is important that we secure an acceptably strong text. We are discussing with EU partners how best to advance this.

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